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Brunch in Kansas City?

Hello! I grew up in Kansas City, but it's been many years since I've lived there. My good friend is having a baby, and I want to throw her a shower/luncheon over Thanksgiving weekend. I was considering Lidia's, but we've been there several times, and I'm interested in trying something new. Someone I know suggested Panea Cafe, and the menu online looks pretty good. Though, I'm usually skeptical of fusion cuisine. Has anyone been there? I'm guessing it'll be about 10 people. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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  1. Are you referring to Pangea Cafe? I've been to Pangea several times, and although the food has been well prepared, I've left hungry as have my dining companions each time. The portions sizes seem very small for the prices charged. I haven't been to any private functions there, maybe it's different for catering. The last time I was there I had what they called Tandoori Chicken, which wasn't remotely tandoori chicken. It was 11 bucks for very thin slices of chicken wrapped around short grain rice with a curry type sauce. It was more like a small plate that other places around town serve for 3 or 4 dollars less. It may be different if you are booking the whole place for an event. As I said, everything we've eaten at Pangea has been tasty, but very expensive and small portions.

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    1. re: zataar

      I agree with zataar's evaluation. I do like the food very much, but I have to be feeling "wealthy" on the days I go there. And I'm ready for dinner 30 minutes later. It's like Pangea is the appetizer.

      Besides, the environment wouldn't be what I'd want for a baby shower. Pangea is a cute little shop but it's in a new, otherwise vacant strip center; the space is smallish; order at counter and they deliver the food to your table (though for an "event," perhaps they'd be willing to give full table service if arranged in advance).

      1. re: KCJ

        Thanks for the replies. It looks like Pangea is out. Any other suggestions out there??

    2. I've heard RJ's Bob-Be-Que at 58th and Lamar in Mission has a really good Sunday brunch. I've only been there for lunch, but the prices seem quite affordable.

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      1. re: reenum

        We went there for brunch on Sunday, and it was absolutely terrific. Best biscuits and gravy I've ever had in a restaurant, bacon smoked in-house, pancakes were fluffy, eggs flavorful and cooked just right. Even the side of potatoes was excellent. I've not yet tried the BBQ, but the weekend breakfast is really wonderful. Definitely "country-style," both food and atmosphere, and very much into the Chiefs, so maybe not the best for this occasion, but a great choice for most others.

      2. I had an excellent brunch at Mama's on a recent visit to KCM

        http://majbros.blogspot.com/2006/05/p...

        Although, I don't know how you people eat like that being of a quite delicate constitution myself

        S

        1. We live in Overland Park and our hands-down favorite brunch spot is the Bristol (135th & Nall). They have buffets set up in 3 rooms (seafood & salads, hot dishes, a made-to-order omlette station, waffle station and my personal favorite - a room for desserts!). It's a little more expensive (around $19/person I think) but it's always worth it. There's also a bloody mary bar with all the fixins.

          1. Someone at work today mentioned Cafe Maison at 63rd and Oak. The atmosphere would certainly be appropriate for a shower and the person who mentioned it said the food was very good.